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'I'm going forward': Durham woman learns to walk again after shooting

Posted May 12, 2016

— A 72-year-old Durham woman is learning to walk again - for the second time.

In February, Dorothy Holloway was in her Durham home on Forrester Street watching TV when someone drove by and shot her twice.

"All I remember is, when I woke up, my leg was off," she said. "They told me they amputated my leg."

But this week, after a long road to recovery, she received a prosthetic leg.

Her son, Antonio Holloway, said his mother has a very positive outlook.

"I used to think my mom was kind of crazy because, anything we would do, she would have something to put on top of it to make it seem like it was going to be OK," Antonio Holloway said.

In 2012, Dorothy Holloway was diagnosed with a rare disorder that damaged her nervous system and left her immobile.

"She was in bed a lot, or in a wheel chair," said Terri Smoot with the NC Pace Program.

Smoot and other therapists worked with Holloway until she could feed herself and walk again.

"Laurie, our physical therapist, was working with her on using a cane, which was a huge accomplishment," Smoot said. "Unfortunately, the next day she was shot."

While Holloway’s hard work was snatched from her, she is now working to get back on her feet.

"I am going up, not backwards. I'm going forward," she said.

The Holloway family said they have not been made aware of a suspect in the case and do not know why Dorothy Holloway would have been targeted.


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